Staff Grant Teacher Testimonials Dec-Jan, 2020!
The PTA is ever grateful to receive ideas from Kennedy Teachers to improve Kennedy students’ learning experiences! Here are some Thank-You’s from Kennedy Teachers who used the Staff Grant Program to improve learning this year, 2020-2021 (for a full list, see our “What We Fund!” page):
8th Grade Social Studies: I wanted to thank the PTA for approving our grant to purchase 180 copies of the book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. My students and I read this book during the first semester and it opened up lots of conversations around the origins of racist ideas and how people have fought against racism in our country’s history. After reading the book, students worked in teams to create an antiracist timeline to show how people resisted racist ideas and fought against them. The students also applied this knowledge to how racism appears in our country today by making connections between the past and present. Again, thank you so much for supporting this work and our students. See these links that showcase some of the students’ work: AntiRacist-Timeline on Google site, AntiRacist-Timeline on TikiToki site, Timeline Project on Shared Drive.
8th Grade English/Language Arts: Dear PTA, Thank you so much for funding professional development training, specifically the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, over the summer and for funding the purchase of educational materials. Through these avenues, I have been able to work and learn from leading voices in the educational field. It is through these partnerships that I am able to incorporate and go beyond our standard curriculum to incorporate students’ identities and voices, making their learning more meaningful. The teachers appreciate all of your efforts to fund-raise and support the teachers on our campus. Thank you for your dedication to education. – Ashley Valdez, Teacher
6th Grade Language Arts: “Thank you for the PTA support of the Global Read Aloud program. Please click here to see resulting student work on “Refugee” and “The Bridge Home.” – Hannah Sun, 6th Grade Teacher.